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2021 National Action Plan

2021 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People National Action Plan: Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People

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Dedication

We honour our grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties, cousins, friends, and Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual Plus (2SLGBTQQIA+) people who have gone missing or have been murdered, as well as the survivors of gender- and race-based violence and the families whose lives have been altered forever. Our work is guided by your voices – we will always remember.

We pay tribute to the strength and resilience of families of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, and survivors of gender- and race-based violence, who shared their difficult truths about this long-standing crisis through the National Inquiry, Métis Perspectives report, and other processes. We also acknowledge, respect and honour family members and survivors who were not ready or who chose not to participate in the inquiries.

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Message from the National Family and Survivors Circle

The National Family and Survivors Circle forever holds in our hearts and minds Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people who are missing, have been murdered, or are survivors of gender- and race-based violence. We recognize and honour families and survivors and all those who participated in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls that got us here today in developing a National Action Plan. We also recognize some families and survivors have not yet had the opportunity to share their truth as the genocide continues. They must be provided with opportunities to be involved for healing, honouring, and commemorating their loved ones who are missing or were murdered.

National Family and Survivors Circle

Message from Core Working Group

We, the members of the Core Working Group, are honoured to present this 2021 National Action Plan in response to the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls entitled “Reclaiming Power and Place” (the “National Inquiry”), which was released on June 3, 2019. The National Action Plan also responds to the report entitled “Métis Perspectives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and LGBTQ2S+ People”, released on June 30, 2019, by Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak (LFMO).

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Introduction

Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual Plus (2SLGBTQQIA+) people hold a sacred place and equally crucial roles, are valued, and are integral to Indigenous communities.1 They come from a place of strength in culture, values, and tradition as leaders, knowledge keepers, providers, custodians of culture, healers and/or caregivers. They are the voice pressing for a transformative process leading to change, advocating for prevention and the end to gender- and race-based violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. They have been demanding to be heard, to be respected, to be treated equitably, to be secure, and to be safe.

  1. Throughout this National Action Plan, the term “community” is utilized in the broadest sense, referring to Indigenous communities or groups with diverse characteristics who may be linked by social ties, share common perspectives, and/or engage in joint action in geographical locations or settings.
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